Daniel 6: 16: “Then the king commanded, and they brought Daniel, and cast him into the den of lions. Now the king spake and said unto Daniel, Thy God whom thou servest continually, he will deliver thee.”
Daniel 6: 20: “And when he came to the den, he cried with a lamentable voice unto Daniel: and the king spake and said to Daniel, O Daniel, servant of the living God, is thy God, whom thou servest continually, able to deliver thee from the lions?”
Daniel 6: 23: “Then was the king exceeding glad for him, and commanded that they should take Daniel up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no manner of hurt was found upon him, because he believed in his God.”
The above Scriptures remind me of “it is only by faith that we are able to please God” and “anything that is not of faith is sin”. If someone were to accuse me of being a faith-based man, they would probably be right on target. I am probably more faith-based than grace-based. This may seem odd to some people.
We know that we are saved by grace through faith–and this is not just about justification. Living by grace through faith should happen in our daily lives.
You could say that it was the grace of God that preserved Daniel in the lion’s den. I would say that it was Daniel’s FAITH in God that preserved him. “Whom thou servest continually” and “because he believed in his God” are talking about faith.
To me, grace is strategic and faith is tactical–or grace is the sovereignty of God and faith is the responsibility of man to God. Strategically, Daniel was placed by God in the Babylonian Empire. Daniel served the Lord continually–and this pleased the Lord. I am sure that most Jews back in Daniel’s time (just like most Christians today) did not serve the Lord continually. Daniel’s desire was to seek and wait upon the Lord everyday–not just on the Sabbath. Daniel’s faith, Daniel’s life of being surrendered to the Lord God of Israel preserved him in the lion’s den.
Would the Lord save a lukewarm Christian in a modern day lion’s den? Would the non-faith of a lukewarm Christian save him in the day of trouble? I don’t think so. “The Lord will spew the lukewarm church out of His mouth.”
Let us be like Daniel and serve the Lord (be surrendered to the Lord) continually every day.
Daniel 6: 3: “Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm.”